Preview - Real Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano 16 December 18

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Match Day 16
Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano
Sunday, December 16th 2018
01:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.53
Average goals against per match: 1.27
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (5)

Rayo Vallecano:
Last five matches form: L D L W L
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Top Scorer: Raúl de Tomás (4)

Having clawed their way back up into the Champions League positions Real Madrid would look to have the ideal opportunity to keep the La Liga ball rolling on Match Day 16 as they welcome second bottom Rayo Vallecano to the Santiago Bernabéu.

Rayo Vallecano will certainly be keen to avoid a repeat of their last trip to the Bernabéu. That came back in 2015 and resulted in a 10-2 annihilation with Gareth Bale scoring four.

Nacho looks set to be the sole absentee for Real. Vallecano must do without Gorka Elustondo, Jordi Amat and top scorer Raúl de Tomás.

It may have been a far cry from a first choice Real Madrid side which was stuffed here 3-0 by CSKA Moscow in midweek, but that loss nevertheless can hardly be viewed as a positive. Looking at their recent league form though there are signs that they have turned the corner having won four of their past five. Despite their ups and downs of late they have lost just one of their past 16 here in La Liga.

Vallecano have found the transition back to life in La Liga to be mightily tough with just two wins from their 15 games to date. They have lost five of seven on the road, failing to score in three of their last four.

This looks a mismatch on paper, and whilst they remain far from being at their peak, Real really ought to have more than enough.

Prediction: Real Madrid 4 - 0 Rayo Vallecano


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  8 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 4
Possession: 67% - 33%

Three bookings at the Bernabéu, all for the away side, with referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea taking the names of Alejandro Galvez, Bebe and Giannelli Imbula.

Real Madrid may have picked up the win in this one, but they were yet again far from convincing, and the overall level of this performance will have done little to placate the restless fans following the embarrassment against CSKA Moscow here in midweek. Madrid were good at times, just not consistently enough.

Vallecano were predictably well behind when it came to possession but having just about matched Real on the shot count, they should be pretty pleased with their effort overall despite the result.

Madrid did start brightly enough and were pushing Vallecano back early. That pressure brought its reward in the 13th minute. Lucas Vazquez picking out the well-timed run of Karim Benzema in the right-hand side of the area and the Frenchman doing the rest to take a touch and fire into the bottom left corner from just outside the right corner of the six yard box.

Vallecano were very nearly back on level terms almost immediately. Emiliano Velazquez getting his head to a corner form the right at the near post and glancing his header only a whisker wide of the far post.

Marco Asensio should then have doubled the home sides lead when played clean through in the right channel but could only fire his effort straight against the keeper's legs.

Toni Kroos was then unlucky in the 35th minute when blasting a thunderous effort from the edge of the area which smashed back off the left hand upright. 1-0 at the break.

A relatively quite second half. Sergio Ramos having an effort chalked out for offside in the 65th minute, and in truth whilst Vallecano were never out of this game, they didn't create a real opportunity to get back in it either.

Not the best performance from Real then, but it's the results which really matter, and their recent improvement in the league does at least now see them back up in fourth and in the Champion's League positions. Rayo Vallecano remain second bottom and five points away from safety.

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